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Tibet is located in the highest region of the world, which is why it is often referred to as the 'Roof of the World'. The capital, Lhasa, is home to the World Heritage Site of Potala Palace, once the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas. The 15th century Palkhor Chode Monastery at Shigatse, Tibet's second largest city, is worth a visit due to its beautiful murals. Gyantse is a traditional Tibetan town and is famous for its wool and carpet production. While Tibet is off the normal tourist trail, visitors will receive a warm welcome from the locals.
Best time to be there
The severe climatic conditions and great discrepancy in daily and seasonal temperatures are due mainly to the high altitude. Mid-spring, summer and early autumn get rather warm. Early spring gets cold, especially in the mornings and at night. A similar climatic situation applies to the late autumn and winter months.
Lahasa via Chengdu, China or Kathmandu, Nepal
2 hours from Chengdu or 1 hour 5 minutes from Kathmandu
GMT +7 hours
Visa required for UK passport holders
Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area
We had the most amazing holiday, loved every minute and could not fault any of your suggestions. The route we took was perfect. [Ben Harrison]
- JS, Tring